At one time or another, most people play with the idea of building their dream home. Most people would love to live in a house that was designed and built specifically for themselves.
But the first step is to find land to build your house on. Buying land is not always an easy task, as it does not generally come cheap. But there are some options available.
Where to Buy
Buying in small towns can sometimes be perfect. Not only do you have the blessing of near-perfect quiet and safety, but you have far better value for your dollar when it comes to the land that you can buy.
Like everything else in life, land is priced according to demand. In some areas of the country, the demand is a bit low. Low demand should never turn you off, however. If you look at land for sale in Buda, Texas, as an example, the land is affordable because the town is rather small and isn’t expected to grow anytime soon. The city of Buda is right next to Austin, Texas, however, which is a bustling city having everything that you could need.
In Buda, you can buy an acre of residential land for about $58,000, while you could spend $140,00 or much more for less than one-third or one-quarter of an acre.
That means building a dream home in Buda would be a good choice because you could spend less on land, more on your lovely new house, and still be close enough to a city to enjoy the finer things in life when the desire strikes. Buda is not the only place that would make for a perfect dream home location, either. There are many other small towns just like it, spread all throughout the United States.
Don’t like the idea of the heat that Texas is known for? You can always give one of the more northern states a try.
Questions to Ask
There are several things that you should ask when trying to find a perfect piece of land for your dream home. Buying land is a complex task that comes at a high price, and when you are buying the land to settle your life on, there is a lot to consider.
How is the property zoned? Not all property is appropriate for living on. If the land is not zoned for residential use, you will never be able to live there. That would make building a dream home on the land a little silly, obviously.
How easy is it to access the property in the winter or in the rainy seasons? You will need to know average precipitation and how the land is equipped to handle a lot of snow or rain. This is especially important for properties with septic systems, as they have been known to flood.
Finding out about the local roads and the proximity to schools and services is important, and gaining an understanding about what it takes to bring in building crews and utilities are probably among the most important questions. For some properties, building is a straightforward process, while others can be quite a challenge.
Building Costs and Plans
Once you have narrowed down an area and have found that perfect piece of land for your dream house, you need to consider hours of sunlight, directions of windows, where the septic and water sources are located, and which direction the house should face to give you the most of the attributes of the land that you choose. These factors are going to help turn your dream into a pleasant reality.
Other considerations involve the future upkeep and conservation of both your funds and the energy that you will be using. Finding a contractor that is privy to green construction and the art of conservation may cost you a bit in the beginning, but over the life of the house, you save a ton of money in energy fees. Optimizing your house to utilize the natural environment as much as possible and then making sure that you have some renewable means to supply energy go very far in making your dream home a true blessing.
Of course, not everyone is interested in going 100 percent green and will still need to connect to all the local utility services. Getting the government to come out and connect your new house to the grid and phone lines is not a very difficult process, but it can take more time than you might expect, depending on where you build. Some very remote areas can wait several months if there are no power lines nearby.
Your dream home is more than just a house. The land, the area around the land, and the proximity to all the things that you love to do all come together to provide you with the life that you desire. When you think of building a dream home, think about the proposition as the building of a perfect life. Where would you like to place your dream home?